Arne Slot details why he contacted Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss breaks silence – Football News

Arne Slot details why he contacted Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss breaks silence

Arne Slot has revealed that he spoke with Jurgen Klopp about managing Liverpool (Image: LIVERPOOL FC)

Liverpool boss Arne Slot has revealed that Jurgen Klopp has given him ‘a few good tips’ on managing the Reds ahead of his first season in charge. The Dutchman was officially confirmed as Klopp’s successor last month after impressing at Feyenoord, who won the KNVB Cup and reached the Europa Conference League final under his guidance.

Slot is certainly aware that he will have big shoes to fill at Liverpool, with Klopp widely regarded as one of their greatest ever managers. In his first interview with the Reds’ official channels, he revealed that he sought out his predecessor for some helpful advice on how to approach his new job.

“I think if someone worked at a club for nine years [and had] been so successful, you want to know all about it from him and you also want to know things of the players,” said Slot.

Liverpool will face newly-promoted Ipswich Town in Slot's first Premier League match

Liverpool will face newly-promoted Ipswich Town in Slot’s first Premier League match (Image: GETTY)

“Although, I think it is also important to get my own opinion about that. So, you can only use all this information he has because he did so well, not only in terms of results but I think also everybody saw in his farewell but also in the years before that how popular he was.

“He gave me more than a few good tips but I think what stood out for me was that he was so happy for me and that, and I think he said this in the media as well, he would be my biggest fan from now on because he supports Liverpool in the best possible way.

“You don’t see this very often so it says a lot about his character, the way he handled this situation as well.”

Slot added that he was full of admiration for what Klopp did at Liverpool, revealing that he enjoyed the German’s touchline rivalry with Pep Guardiola. He also said that he is excited to get to work at Anfield, with the Reds travelling to Ipswich Town for their Premier League opener in August.

Don’t miss…
Man Utd ‘to submit bid today’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe eyes his very first signing [GOSSIP]
Chelsea make decision on selling Noni Madueke after Michael Olise breakthrough [LATEST]
Premier League fixture list explained as Liverpool get another easy opener [INSIGHT]

“He managed Liverpool and Pep Guardiola, of course, managed Manchester City and I think for everyone who loves football it was a fantastic era to watch the both of them getting the best out of each other,” explained Slot.

“I have seen a lot of games of Liverpool, a lot of games of City as well, and when you live in Europe the Premier League is probably the nicest league to follow. So, yeah, he has done a tremendous job over here and I am really happy with that as a fan.

“But now, as his successor, he left Liverpool in the best possible way, I think. So, a very good team, the fans are very good as well, so [I am] looking forward to it.”